UK time is: 02:52:30
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

On This Day: Barnsley Promoted!

Fourteen years ago today a packed out Oakwell witnessed a miracle. Little old Barnsley secured promotion to English Football's top league with a 2-0 win over struggling Yorkshire neighbours Bradford City.

Attendances had gently crept up all season as belief began to rise that Barnsley could actually make it this time having come close a couple of years back, finishing in 6th place.

Over 18,000 spectators filled Oakwell on April 26th 1997, knowing that a win could secure promotion to the top flight for the first time in the club's history.

With Mark McGhee's Wolves side breathing down Barnsley's neck in the race for second place, the pressure was on Danny Wilson's team to get the right result.

It was the perfect start for Barnsley who forged a lead in the 20th minute when Paul Wilkinson glanced in a header at the home end.

A nervous 70 minutes followed, as Bradford City pressed Barnsley for an equaliser knowing that they could end up leaving Division 1 the other way if they didn't pick up a result in their final two matches. They even struck the inside of the Barnsley post, sending every Reds fan's heart into their mouths.

Injury time approached with score still at 1-0 to Barnsley and as nerves jangled and fans called for the final whistle, Clint Marcelle, who had only been on the pitch for nine minutes, collected a pass from Neil Redfearn, danced and twisted his way across the edge of the Bradford City box and found a gap to shoot through...

...The roar remains unmatched at Oakwell. Strangers hugged and held hands. Danny Wilson couldn't stop smiling. The match went on for a couple more minutes but the Barnsley players minds were awash with the joy eminating from the stands. When the final whistle went there was a mass pitch invasion as the fans congregated on the Oakwell pitch to celebrate with the team.

Team:
D. Watson, N. Eaden, N. Thompson, D. Sheridan, A. Moses, A. De Zeeuw, J. Hendrie, N. Redfearn, P. Wilkinson, A. Liddell (P. Shirtliff, 63), M. Bullock (C. Marcelle, 78)


Were you one of the other 18,000 in Oakwell on that day? Or one of the dozens of people who couldn't get a ticket but were let in through the huge gates between the Ponty End and the West Stand just in time to see the second goal? Share your memories in the comments.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: gooderzone Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 26 2011

Time: 6:38PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Stats: Charlton v Barnsley (Wednesday April 16 2014)

A Must Win (Tuesday April 15 2014)

Stats: Bolton v Barnsley (Monday April 14 2014)

Stats: Barnsley v Burnley (Wednesday April 9 2014)

Reds Ratings (Wednesday April 9 2014)

Stats: Barnsley v Brighton (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Reds Ratings (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty (Friday April 4 2014)

Stats: Yeovil v Barnsley (Monday March 31 2014)

We Have Hope (Friday March 28 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Barnsley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. chiefred 17
2. truspye 3
3. knabby crackers 2
4. LosLegado 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Charlton 1 - 2 Barnsley
Bolton 1 - 0 Barnsley
Barnsley 0 - 1 Burnley
Barnsley 0 - 0 Brighton
Yeovil 1 - 4 Barnsley
Reading 1 - 3 Barnsley

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Birmingham 41 11 10 20 -10 43
19. Doncaster 43 11 10 22 -28 43
20. Charlton 42 10 12 20 -24 42
21. Blackpool 43 10 12 21 -27 42
22. Millwall 42 9 13 20 -30 40
23. Barnsley 42 9 12 21 -28 39
24. Yeovil 43 8 13 22 -25 37

Breaking League News

Blackburn 0 Glovers 0
Yeovil : 18/04/2014 23:38:00
Opposing View: Ipswich Town
Watford : 18/04/2014 23:37:00
Top Display From The Latics - More To Follow
Wigan : 18/04/2014 23:23:00
Wigan : 18/04/2014 22:39:00
Boro chase more success
Middlesbrough : 18/04/2014 22:23:00
Rovers remain in relegation dogfight
Doncaster : 18/04/2014 21:36:00
Ten Owls wide awake as Cherries dream falters
Bournemouth : 18/04/2014 21:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Player of the Season?
Suggested By:  
Cranie 25%
O'Brien 5%
Dawson 5%
Kennedy 20%
Steele 10%
O'Grady 5%
Jennings 5%
Ramage 0%
Mvoto 5%
Mellis 0%
Cywka 5%
Etuhu 5%
Wiseman 5%
Perkins 5%